Acts 19:11 – God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
“The church exists in a unique relationship of solidarity with the risen and exalted Christ. Through this union, the church not only receives God’s power, but it represents the ongoing presence and ministry of Christ on the earth.” [Clint E. Arnold, Ephesians, Zondervan Exegetical Commentary]
In our verse today, we read about the activity of God in Ephesus during Paul’s missionary journey there. Artifacts like aprons and handkerchiefs which contacted Paul had became vehicles of God’s power! It is no wonder he is desperately praying for the church to know “his incomparably great power for us who believe” (Eph 1:19).
1. What does Acts 19:11 tell us about the boundaries of the power God has given to us?
2. How is this consistent with the ministry of Jesus?
Father, thank you for pouring out your Spirit on us and calling us to more than just an ordinary life. May the expressions of your power in us be uncontainable. Spill out into those around us as we are filled by you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Let’s be soaked God’s presence with “In Over My Head” by Bethel (Click here).